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What do comic books and compliance have in common?

What do comic books and compliance have in common?

In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, John Callaghan, Global Director, Major Projects argues that although the business world today is increasingly complex, in the face of complexity, our solutions need to stay simple.

Blog excerpt:
You’ve won the bid to design a piece of infrastructure set to change how quickly commuters get to work. It’s a major project and your designs are heralded as extraordinary. You can’t wait to see the end product come to life…but wait you’ll have to, and so will the city! The design development and approval procedures with their changes, recommendations and then further compliance reviews, changes and recommendations is a spaghetti bowl of processes that despite the project’s purpose is everything but quick. Sound familiar?

We want to ensure excellence and accountability, yet all these checkpoints, wrapped up in complex and challenging contractual and commercial frameworks can end up making one big rabbit hole – complicated and congested at best. In today’s complex world of procurement, it seems at times we can build a bridge quicker than we can design one […]

But what if there was another way? Rather than overhauling the current systems, how about redesigning them? Take contracts as an example. Imagine if they were reduced to their core principles and read like comic strips, rather than telephone books. Imagine if they were written to encourage the behaviours we so desperately need to get our economies moving (like innovation and creativity) instead of a litany of punitive actions that will befall those who dare suggest a change to its terms for the better. Think of what could be unleashed, if contracts balanced our efforts and didn’t bottleneck them . We may end up proving that, even in the complex world of projects, less is still more…

This article was first published Aurecon’s Just Imagine blog. Just Imagine provides a glimpse into the future for curious readers, exploring ideas that are probable, possible and for the imagination. Subscribe here to get access to the latest blog posts as soon as they are published.


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